Peru - Ancient Land of Mysteries
Fantastic archeological treasures set amidst the soaring Andean peaks—this is Peru! Travel to Machu Picchu aboard the famed Vistadome train.
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Fantastic archeological treasures set amidst the soaring Andean peaks—this is Peru! Travel to Machu Picchu aboard the famed Vistadome train. Spend a night at the base of the “Lost City of the Incas” in a luxury hotel and enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration. Explore Andean art forms and the local way of life from ancient times through present day during your stay in the Sacred Valley. Immerse yourself in Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. Discover the exquisite Peruvian cuisine that combines diverse native ingredients and indigenous dishes with international culinary influences. Discover Lima's colonial heritage and see why the “City of Kings” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- 12 meals
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling, taxes and service charges
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- San Francisco Monastery
- Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Pisac Market
- Ollantaytambo Ruins
- Machu Picchu
Day 1 - Depart from Home - Overnight Flight
Today you board your overnight flight to Peru.
Day 2 - Arrive Lima, Peru
Arrive early this morning in the "City of Kings," Lima, Peru. Vast in landscapes and diversity, you will experience the unchanged culture and breathtaking beauty of the Andes. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world's greatest mysteries such as Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Overnight at the Doubletree El Pardo.
Day 3 - Lima
Today enjoy a fascinating city tour through the historical centre of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government Center, the Plaza de Armas's elegant Cathedral, an abundance of colonial architecture, and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a dinner showcasing Peru's delicious cuisine and festive entertainment. Overnight at the Doubletree El Pardo. (B & D)
Day 4 - Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Board your coach to descend through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural centre of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colourful handicraft market. A visit to Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio teaches you about this internationally-renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Settle in this evening at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Overnight at the Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay. (B & D)
Day 5 - Sacred Valley of the Incas-Ollantaytambo-Sacred Valley of the Incas
Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. This afternoon, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Inca settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A unique terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Do as the locals do and enjoy a tasting of “chicha,” a unique regional drink made from maize, at a local pub. Overnight at the Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay. (B)
Day 6 - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu
Climb aboard the Machu Picchu train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before dinner. Overnight at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. (B & D)
Day 7 - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
With leisure time this morning, you may return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. En route to Cuzco, meet Peruvian children at an orphanage. Overnight at the Novotel Cuzco Hotel. (B)
Day 8 - Cuzco
Explore the former capital of the Inca Empire during a colonial city tour and experience the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas. Discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. This afternoon you may choose to join an optional excursion to explore the enigmatic Inca terraces at Maras and the salt mines of Moray. This evening, enjoy a dinner and performance of traditional Andean folkloric music and dance. Overnight at the Novotel Cuzco Hotel. (B & D)
Day 9 - Cuzco - Lima
Join your guide this morning for a visit to the Centro Artesanal Cuzco market. Browse the colourful displays of textiles, pottery and jewellery. Or enjoy some leisure time to explore the San Blas artisans quarter or visit one of the many impressive museums. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Tonight is yours to independently explore Lima or relax in preparation for your flight home in the morning. Overnight at the Doubletree El Pardo. (B)
Day 10 - Lima - Depart for Home
Enjoy a free day at leisure before boarding your overnight flight. (B)
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